Namespaces and DTDs

David Megginson david at
Thu Mar 11 19:31:36 GMT 1999

Charles Reitzel writes:

 > Seriously, though.  I have yet to hear of a single real application
 > that needs element level prefix declarations.  Not one!

I'll paraphrase the use case as follows (I'll leave the source

  A server wants to construct a large XML document as the response to
  a client request, and it does so by handing off the work to several
  parallel processes and then concatenating the results into a single
  document.  If each of the processes can declare its own namespaces,
  then it is not necessary to establish complicated negotiation
  channels between the top-level process and the child processes to
  obtain the correct namespace declarations.

Before everyone rushes out to shoot holes in this use case, I'd like
to note that I still have callouses on my trigger finger from doing so

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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